Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bad Dog

Lucy is not supposed to be in the pastures.

She can't get back out.  Can you hear her deep Basset howl?  

Goofy dog.  How long should I leave her there?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What is it?

 Handsome Hubby found this little guy in the catch pen when we 
were giving the alpacas their monthly shots. 

I think it is a salamander.  I've never seen one before.  Have you?

Thanks to Little Man for taking the pictures.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Shearing Day Pictures 2011

I grabbed one last picture of my FLUFFY alpacas.

We got an early start at 7 a.m. and it was boys first!  
Peruvian Mystery was a squealer!

He has the best fleece on the farm and will be 
standing stud this month for us.

Teddy has been through this before.  
He acted like it was a day at the spa! :)

Our llama, Ringo, is another story.  
Here are the guys remembering him from last year.

Yes, spit happens!

The neighbor's calves wondered WHAT all the fuss was about!

Humpf!  He was only mad for a minute.

The shearing team was absolutely excellent.  They took care of fighting teeth
toenails, and making sure everyone looked their best.  

In under an hour we had bags of fleece and bare naked alpacas in the pastures.
I love this picture of the boys checking out Missy.

My Lovebug (14) took the shearing photos.  I found this one mixed in.